Protecting Yourself from Cell Phone Radiation and EMFs
A Little History
Cell phones were originally created for military use and made it to the mainstream without any testing of health effects, because the only criteria necessary for their type of EMF radiation to meet was that the phone not burn or shock you during use. It took a court case involving a woman who died from a brain tumor – on the side of her brain right where she held her cell phone talking for hours a day – to spark research into the safety of cell phones. And most of that research has been biased.
In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, commissioned an expert working group to examine the research, and they concluded cell phone use is “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” They found the research was biased, limited and results were inconsistent. So where does that leave us? We have to dig deeper to find the truth.
The Cancer Risk
Ann Louise Gittleman wrote a book called Zapped: Why Your Cell Phone Shouldn’t Be Your Alarm Clock and 1,268 Ways to Outsmart the Hazards of Electronic Pollution. She analyzed the available data and found the cancer connection: cell phone EMF radiation – even below safety standards – damages cellular DNA. Damaged DNA leads to mutations, which can cause cancer, even in our offspring. This radiation leads to free radicals being formed, which are normally counteracted by antioxidants like melatonin, glutathione and SOD (superoxide dismutase), but these EMFs suppress their production.
She also found studies that show these EMFs can cause a leak in the blood-brain barrier, allowing toxic chemicals to pass through. All of these effects are magnified in children, because their bones aren’t mature and radiation passes through to deeper tissues more easily.
The good news is there are ways to limit our exposure to EMFs and detox the effects of radiation in our bodies.
- Distance matters. EMF radiation gets weaker the further you get from the source, which includes your phone, WiFi device, or cell tower. Keep your phone away from your body as much as possible, carry it in a purse or briefcase instead of your pocket. Don’t charge your phone (or other electronics) near your bed, and turn off your WiFi at night to give your body a break.
- Pay attention to your signal strength. A weaker signal means an increase in EMF radiation coming from your phone. Put your phone on airplane mode or turn it off whenever possible.
- Consider an EMF reducing case. Currently, the best-rated cases are SafeSleeve and RF Safe, which block about 99% of EMFs. Third rated is a Pong case, which blocks about 67% of EMFs. The majority of EMFs come from the back of the phone, so carry the phone with the screen facing you and the back facing away from your body.
Detox Radiation Effects:
- Mind your minerals. Minerals are more important than vitamins when it comes to cellular health. Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, chromium, manganese, selenium, and zinc all have DNA protective effects. A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive test, which measures mineral levels and their ratios in the body and will help you adjust your intake through food or supplements.
- Sweating, especially during sauna and exercise helps with the detox process. If you use FIR sauna, know its EMF ratings and make sure you aren’t being exposed to more harm than good.
- Consider supplementing with whey protein, organic green powder, melatonin, S-Acetyl Glutathione or N-Acetyl Cysteine, vitamin C, vitamin D, milk thistle, Alpha Lipoic Acid, SOD, CoQ10, bee propolis, and sea buckthorn for antioxidants and detox support.
- International Agency for Research on Cancer.Non-ionizing Radiation, Part 2: Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields. Lyon, France: IARC; 2013. IARC monographs on the evaluation of carcinogenic risks to humans, Volume 102.